An Offbeat Guide to Udaipur

An Offbeat Guide to Udaipur

Are you looking for a destination that is a perfect combination of the exotic and traditional? Then Rajasthan is one state that makes an ideal destination for you. The golden desert sands, spectacular forts, breathtaking temples, and vibrant culture- it is all that you want to experience and more.

Among the various beautiful cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is one of the best. Known as the city of lakes, it was founded in 1558 and was the capital of the Mewar kingdom. Even beyond that, footprints of earlier civilizations have been found in the area, dating back to 2000 BCE. A rich cultural background makes Udaipur even more colorful than you can imagine. Lieutenant-Colonel James Tod, a British administrator, termed it as “the most romantic spot on the continent of India.” The best part is, the city is very well connected with the rest of the country, making it very easy to visit.

If a trip to Udaipur is in your mind, you are at the right place. In this article, we will talk about all the best places to visit in Udaipur and more. Let us begin the journey.

 

Best Tourist Destinations in Udaipur

A quick Google Assistant or Alexa search query of ‘tourist places near me’ can tell you all about the destinations you can visit in Udaipur. But we know you are short on time, so here we have shortlisted the best destinations with reasons why you should visit them.

City Palace

City Palace Udaipur

Located in a magnificent setting on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace is one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan. Its construction started during the era of Maharana Udai Singh II and was completed in phases within the next 400 years. Yes, you heard that right. It is built using granite and marble, and a fusion of Medieval, European, and Chinese architecture styles. There are 11 mini-palaces in this castle with beautiful courtyards, terraces, hanging gardens, and much more. You will find breathtakingly beautiful and intricate mirrors, marble-work, wall paintings, murals, and silver-work in the interiors. 

Some of the major structures in City Palace are the Suraj Gokhda, Dilkhush mahal, Mor-chowk, Sheesh Mahal, Surya Chopar, and Moti Mahal. The other attraction is the lovely views of Lake Pichola from the terraces.

The Lake Palace

The Lake palace Udaipur
The Lake palace Udaipur

This palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island on Lake Pichola and is loved for its intricate architecture work. If you do not know this already, the castle was a part of the James Bond movie ‘Octopussy.’ It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1746 and was called Jag Niwas. Recently it has been converted into the Taj Lake Palace hotel. You can stroll around in this magnificent setting while a guide can provide you with interesting facts from the era of the Kings.

You can enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants and go for a boat ride over Lake Pichola. A visit to the museum and the crystal gallery is also worth the time.

The Lake Garden Palace

The Lake Garden Palace
The Lake Garden Palace

Also known as Jagmandir Isla, this palace is another impressive structure completed in the 17th century. Here is something interesting: when Shah Jahan was the Mughal prince, he took refuge in the Gul Mahal of this palace for a few years. Later, when he became the emperor, he had the Taj Mahal built, which has some distinct similarities with the Gul Mahal. The interior of the Gul Mahal features beautiful murals and paintings resembling the Mughal style of architecture. Its walls are adorned with precious stones like rubies, onyx, jade, and carnelian. Other than that, there is a Jag Mandir, a beautiful garden, and a terrace or darikhana in the palace.

Saheliyon Ki Badi

Saheliyon Ki Badi udaipur
Saheliyon Ki Badi udaipur

Saheliyon Ki Badi is a garden built in the 18th century by Rana Sangram Singh II for the queen and her 48 maids. The peaceful setting of this garden makes it a popular choice among those visiting Udaipur. The water from the Fateh Sagar Lake flows through various canals in this garden and powers the numerous fountains it boasts. The main attraction of the garden is a beautiful marble pavilion along with multiple kiosks situated around a lotus pond. Besides, it also has a museum that features various royal household items. On the whole, it is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur.

Vintage Car Museum

Vintage Car Museum Udaipur
Vintage Car Museum Udaipur

This is a must-visit destination for all car lovers. This museum beautifully portrays the exquisite lifestyle of the royal families. It has 20 antique cars, including four classic Rolls-Royce models, one MG-TC convertible, two special 1939 Cadillacs, one 1936 Vauxhall-12, and one Ford-A Convertible. Out of these, the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom was used in the James Bond movie, Octopussy.

Bagore Ki Haveli

Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur
Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

This is another magnificent structure located beside Lake Pichola. It was constructed by Shri Amarchand Badwa, the Prime minister of the Mewar kingdom, in the 18th century. Later, it was further expanded by Maharaj Shakti Singh of Bagore. The palace has 138 rooms decorated with exquisite glass and mirror work and murals. Apart from that, there are beautiful terraces, jharokhas, decorative archways, and stone cupolas. The Haveli has three different chowks or chambers, along with a museum.

Things To Do in Udaipur

They are plenty of exciting things to do in Udaipur. Here are a few you explore.

Boating in Lake Pichola

This beautiful human-made freshwater lake was created in 1362 and was further extended by Rana Udai Singh II in the 16th century. The lake is 3 miles in length and 2 miles in width. The blue waters are surrounded by craggy hills and dotted with islands. It is also an excellent place for enjoying a sunrise or a sunset from a boat.

Enjoying the Dharohar Cultural Show

This beautiful human-made freshwater lake was created in 1362 and was further extended by Rana Udai Singh II in the 16th century. The lake is 3 miles in length and 2 miles in width. The blue waters are surrounded by craggy hills and dotted with islands. It is also an excellent place for enjoying a sunrise or a sunset from a boat.

Enjoy the Rajasthani Cuisine

One of the best things to do in Udaipur is enjoying the flavors of authentic Rajasthani cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants that offer a fine dining experience in a delightful setting. From tangy drinks to delectable veggies and mouth-watering desserts, there are plenty of options to try out. Some of the popular ones are Dal Bati Churma, Laal Maas, Mawa Kachori, Mirchi Bada, and Mohan Thaal.

Go Shopping

For the shopaholics, Rajasthan is too colorful to resist. In Udaipur, the best option for shopping is the Hathi Pol Bazar. There are plenty of items to pick from traditional handicraft objects to antique articles and Rajasthani clothing. If you are looking for Rajasthani art and paintings, then this is a market you shouldn’t miss visiting. Apart from various decor items, you can also pick beautiful embroidered and block-printed apparel.

Take a Walk

One of the best ways to explore the beauty of Udaipur is on foot. With colorful buildings, ancient temples, and royal Havelis, every corner is a delight worth exploring. There is an ageless charm that spreads through the markets, shops, and palaces that can be truly intoxicating.

Enjoy an E-Bike Ride

Explore a few hidden trails around the beautiful lakes of Udaipur on E-bikes. A great activity for the entire family, this trip allows you to view the beauty of the Aravalli range and learn about the history of the city as well. The best part is, you get to visit a hidden lake that offers a beautiful setting for enjoying the charm of this lake city.

How to Visit Udaipur✈️🚗🚌🚉

Udaipur is well connected with the major towns of India by air. The Maharana Pratap Airport has daily flights that allow you to visit Udaipur from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bangalore, and other places. The city also has two railway stations with trains connecting it with Delhi and Jaipur. In case you are traveling by car from Jaipur, it is a seven hours drive. There is also an efficient bus service connecting it with the other cities in Rajasthan and cities like Delhi and Ahmedabad, Surat and Gwalior.

Best Time to Visit Udaipur

As with the rest of Rajasthan, the best time to visit Udaipur is between October to March. The weather remains cool and dry during the winter and spring season, making it a perfect time for exploring the city. 

You can also visit during the monsoon season, which lies between July to September. The lakes and palaces appear distinctly beautiful during the rains. Avoid the summer season as temperatures can cross the 42-degree mark in that period.

Out of the many places to visit in Rajasthan, Udaipur is one that you simply cannot miss. If you have not visited it already, it is time to plan a trip and find out why it is called the “Venice of the East”.

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